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Sustainable tourism development

Martina Pásková

Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Přírodovědecká fakulta Karlovy univerzity, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha, Czechia

This article presents current issues related with the relationship between tourism and environment. It gives a brief overview of various definitions, aspects and approaches to the tourism sustain ability. The article summarizes the negative impacts of tourism and explains the life cycle of the tourism destination. The purpose of the article is to draw attention to the fact that tourism is a complex socio-economic phenomenon, multidimensional in character, with significant impacts on the environment but depending also on environmental quality. This feedback mechanism has to be understood and incorporated into the policy making activities.